How to Check the Quality of Your Water

Dec 1, 2017 at 1:32 PM

AdobeStock_71109800.jpegWe know that having quality chemistry is a key factor in providing a quality wash, but your chemistry will not perform well if you are operating with low quality water. Since water quality affects both the quality of your wash and the quality of your customer experience, it's important to perform frequent water quality checks to ensure that you're running your wash at the highest level of quality possible.

Here are some common issues that indicate a potential water quality issue:

1. Non-performing chemical

If your chemistry does not seem to be doing its job, your water quality might be the issue. Check the hardness to see if your water is affecting your chemical. If it is, make sure that your water treatment system is working properly, and discuss your options with your vehicle care specialist.

2. Spotting

If cars are exiting your wash with spots left from water deposits, it is time to do something about your water quality. A great way to avoid water spotting is to implement reverse-osmosis, also known as spot-free water, in your wash. This will help you control the quality of your water by removing total dissolved solids (TDS) from your final rinse water.

3. Poor Wash Experience

The quality of your water can also affect the quality of your wash experience – for example, if your wash water is too hard, soaps or conditioners will not foam correctly. This can lower the perceived value of your wash, which is an important element in your overall quality.

If you think you may be experiencing water quality issues, your vehicle care specialist can help you diagnose any current quality issues, and help you select the best course of action to correct those issues.

For more information on car wash water quality, including reclaim water quality, be sure to download Delivering Quality: How to Run Your Wash at Peak Performance:

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